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The Elephants coach has refuted claims that his team is yet to show any satisfactory performance in the ongoing World Cup qualifying

Cote D’Ivoire are leaders of their Group C with 13 points and have qualified for the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying, but are yet to quell criticisms from local newspapers and fans about the true strength of the outfit.

A number of editorialists in the West African country suggest that coach Sabri Lamouchi still lacks the adequate experience to coordinate such a star-studded set up, and that this could be disastrous if the Elephants face a stronger side in the campaign.

The French manager of Tunisian descent reacted on Tuesday in Abidjan saying his objective and that of the entire team have been met so far and they were now focused on future engagements.

“I might agree with critics who say my team is still below world standard, we are still working and that is why we keep adjusting systems and patterns,” Lamouchi said.

“But I will not agree with those who say we have failed. We have not. My objective and that of the team and officials was to reach the final round of the World Cup qualifying and subsequently book our place to the finals. We are gradually approaching that.

“Imagine, Morocco are a great side, but they couldn’t win in Gambia and they lost in Tanzania, but we surmounted both teams. For now, it is not how we play or how many goals we score but whether we clinch the points needed to progress,” he said.

Cote d’Ivoire have recorded four victories and one draw from their five games played so far in the World Cup qualifying and will wrap up the second round against Morocco on September 6 in Abidjan.